The following information is taken from a written update that OCLC supplied networks prior to
some upcoming network meetings. After the meetings in mid-December, we may have further
information or clarification regarding these updates. If you have questions or comments about
any of the following, email them to email@example.com. Messages I receive directly at
firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 7 I will take to the meeting.
Please note: this is a relatively long message. You may wish to print it before reading it. --
Lynn McDonald, FEDLINK (email@example.com)
ARABIC CATALOGING: OCLC is embarking on a pilot project to investigate a new
Web-based interface to OCLC Cataloging and support for Arabic cataloging. OCLC expects this
project to provide full cataloging functionality via a Web browser. More information on this new
pilot is forthcoming.
BRITISH NATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY (UKM): Changes to Batchload processing for the
British National Bibliography will be implemented prior to the end of 1998. The changes will
allow OCLC to resume loading CIP records distributed by the British Library. As part of the
changes, OCLC will receive records directly from the British Library and convert them from
UKMARC to USMARC. We expect to reduce the lag time between issuance of the records and
loading into WorldCat to 1-2 days instead of about 1 week. In order to load the CIP records,
British Library control numbers will no longer be added to field 010 and will not be indexed. All
existing "gb" numbers in field 010 will be removed.
CATALOGING EXPRESS SERVICE: OCLC is testing a web-based copy cataloging product as
the first in a series of offerings designed to assist small public libraries and the K-12 market.
Pilot testing of a prototype of the cataloging system with a group of Ohio schools has been
extended. Usability testing was conducted over the summer. Implementation testing of a
pre-production version of the system will be done with a group of small public libraries in
Missouri, and a multitype library group in Nebraska beginning in the Fall, 1998. Reaction from
initial users and testers of the system has been universally positive. Improvements and
enhancements are currently being built, and the "rollout" tests in MO and NE will provide OCLC
and the respective networks, MLNC and NEBASE, an opportunity to assess and refine
implementation-related issues including profiling, training, and support. Future availability is
still to be determined as OCLC and the networks consider how best to integrate simplified
web-based copy cataloging into OCLC's other suite of cataloging options.
OCLC Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC) Research Project: The OCLC Office of
Research is coordinating a new research project designed to explore the cooperative creation of a
catalog of Internet resources. A group of volunteers from 100 OCLC institutions will participate
in using and evaluating a combination of various Office of Research technologies to: 1. harvest
web resources, 2. process/create metadata (including extraction, manual and automated
description, subject heading assignment, classification, authority control), and 3. support
automation of dynamic, low-maintenance web page builds based on local criteria (e.g.,
automatically creating University X's "Women's Studies" resources web page from selected web
resources generated from records from the CORC database). CORC will offer web-based
interfaces for all of these processes, and a CORC database (initially seeded with records from
NetFirst and InterCat) will be created from CORC records. Both Dublin Core and MARC record
creation will be supported. Ultimately CORC is intended to help OCLC develop the means and
the knowledge of how cooperative cataloging of Internet resources should be accomplished and
tools for libraries to deliver web resources to users through an OPAC-centered model, a
web-page-centered approach, or a hybrid. Networks are encouraged to identify libraries that
could contribute to and benefit from participation in CORC. A call for volunteers has been
issued. The Office of Research will host a CORC information session on January 29, 1999, at
ALA Midwinter. More information is available at http://purl.oclc.org/corc.
LABEL PROGRAM: OCLC expects to release version 1.20 of the Label Program in mid-1999.
This version will incorporate the label printing enhancements that are included in CatME 1.10:
the ability to specify which column and row to start printing for laser printing, and the ability to
change the font size.
MARC UPDATE PROJECTS: On October 25, OCLC implemented MARC format changes
announced in Technical Bulletin 227. The changes update OCLC-MARC, added USMARC
holdings fields (84X-87X) for loading to local systems, and changed export and MARC output to
conform more closely to USMARC. Changes to CatCD and CJK will be implemented at later
dates, as announced in the Enhancement Memorandum.
A set of changes to OCLC's implementation of the Authorities Format is scheduled for early
1999. Changes will allow for coding of data for topical, form, and geographic subdivisions and
genre/form headings in the subject authority area. These changes are in support of LC's
upcoming distribution of subject subdivision and form/genre authority records. For name
authority records, additional call number fields will be implemented along with simplified coding
of the second indicator position for headings and references. For both subjects and names, a
number of new values are being added to the Fixed Field. More information (including a
Technical Bulletin) and a firm installation date will be forthcoming.
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE (NLM): NLM will not be distributing records to
OCLC while in the process of implementing Endeavor. Therefore, no CATLINE, AVLINE, or
NLM serials records will be added to WorldCat from mid-October until sometime after January
1. OCLC will announce resumption of loading after NLM has resumed service and OCLC
revises software to accommodate the new records. Although no new records will be distributed
immediately, NLM will distribute the year-end processing in early December; the file will
consist of about 2000 corrected records with updated headings.
PROMPTCAT: PromptCat currently has 68 active libraries. Label files are created for 25
libraries. PromptCat now has eleven active vendors: Academic Book Center, Ambassador Book
Service, Inc., Baker & Taylor, Inc., Blackwell's Book Services, Book Clearing House, the Book
House, Inc., Casalini Libri, DA Information Services, Pty. Ltd., Majors Scientific Books, Inc.,
Rittenhouse Book Distributors, and Yankee Book Peddler.
QUALITY CONTROL PROGRAM: In last fiscal year ending June 1998, more than 45,000
change requests were received reporting needed changes to records in the WorldCat database.
OCLC staff manually changed/corrected over 181,000, over 150,000 records were corrected
using macros, and 1,629,987 records were corrected via scans.
UNIFORM TITLE CORRECTION PROJECT: A joint project with the Library of Congress and
OCLC, the scope of the project is the development of software for the correction of uniform title
headings in bibliographic records from the LC MUMS Music File and from WorldCat the Online
Union Catalog. As a part of the project, software was developed to create machine-derived
authority records for headings in the LC MUMS Music File lacking authority records. The
project should be completed in the last quarter of 1998.
WORLDCAT COLLECTIONS SETS: OCLC is working to provide sets of records for
electronic collections as part of the OCLC WorldCat Collection Sets (formerly "Major
Microforms"). No schedule has been set, therefore no completion date is available. This
enhancement will include an online order form, automated updates of open sets, and availability
of automated EDX for all sets. OCLC currently has catalogers working on Project Muse and
Wilson Select. ECO, JSTOR, and Academic Press Ideal records will be included. OCLC is
seeking additional volunteers to catalog electronic sets.
Z39.50 CATALOGING SERVICE: Interest in OCLC Z39.50 Cataloging continues to increase.
October 1998 was a record month for Z39.50 Cataloging usage. Over 110 institutions have
successfully logged on to this service, and are using it for some or all of their cataloging.
63,000+ Z39.50 transactions were recorded that month, and over 7000 holdings were set directly
online. Libraries using the most recent versions of Sirsi, GEAC and TLC (The Library Corp)
Z39.50 clients, which allow users to set holdings directly online via Z39.50, are very satisfied
with this feature. Other vendors, including Innovative, Endeavor, DRA and Ameritech have all
contacted OCLC for information on implementing this feature with their local Z39.50 clients.
The official OCLC Z39.50 Cataloging web site has been upgraded to include information on
returning holdings information on OCLC Z39.50-derived records back to OCLC via
batchloading or EDX. This allows libraries which do not have the functionality to send holdings
information back to OCLC directly via Z39.50 to fulfill their OCLC membership obligations
through either of these two options. The original input feature of this product, which had been
planned for release by the end of 1998, still tops the list of enhancements. Y2K and other
development commitments, however, have delayed work on this enhancement. No definitive date
is available for completion of this enhancement at this time. Delete holdings functionality via
Z39.50 was implemented in October 1998. OCLC will update the Extended Services Definition
of OCLC Z39.50 Cataloging to include this functionality in the near future and announce this to
users through LSVAP channels and through the Z39.50 Cataloging web site.
TECHPRO: The TechPro Service began its largest one-time (as opposed to ongoing) project to
date in September 1998 for the Linköping Stadsbibliotek of Linköping, Sweden. Over 60,000
titles, including books, scores, and serials will be processing in 18 months. Their foreign
language rare book collection (foreign in this case meaning non-Swedish) needs cataloging
following a fire in which the books were saved, but the catalog was lost. An article about this
project will appear in the next issue of the OCLC Newsletter.
The OCLC TechPro service continues to add language expertise and to catalog for over 100
libraries in any given month. TechPro is cataloging in all formats and many languages. OCLC
continues to provide an option for libraries to receive cataloging for materials they cannot do
FEDLINK members have access to OCLC's and four other companies' technical processing
services via basic ordering agreements. Request more information via the generic email address,
NACO participation for TechPro and CIP Upgrade Unit: Both TechPro in Dublin and the OCLC's CIP Upgrade Unit in Portland received NACO training this year. Both units have now been declared independent in personal names. The CIP Unit is correcting existing authority records and creating new ones based on the upgrading work they are doing with piece in hand. TechPro is creating new headings for selected headings as time permits. OCLC also offers heading creation for any library wishing to contract for this service. The National Library of Medicine currently contracts with TechPro to create name authority records for headings associated with the Slavic language project being cataloged in TechPro.
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